What's the F***ing Point episode 16: Lauren Martin on Embracing "Petty Problems"

Y’ALL. Lauren Martin is a force of nature, and by the end of this episode I know you’ll adore her as much as I do.

We talk about everything from emo music to keeping it real as a new mom, her transition to Orthodox Christianity to what it means to embrace and validate the idea that "if it matters to YOU, then it matters."

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About Lauren Martin, LPC-MHSP

Lauren Ruth Martin is a psychotherapist at a group practice in Nashville, TN, and she believes that therapy should be anything but boring. Lauren practices from the philosophy that feeling "stuck" is actually good news because it is a signal that something needs to change. She loves, loves to help clients with severe and pervasive depression in addition to working with anxiety, phase of life issues, codependency, self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, and self-esteem issues. 

Lauren is intensively trained Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT), a specialized treatment for disorders of Over-Control (OC) . Radically-Open DBT promotes openness, flexibility, and direct communication. Lauren practices DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to fidelity, specializing in Adolescents.

In addition to her mental health practice, Lauren shares her personal practice of coping skills with a dash of sarcasm on Instagram at @allthepettyproblems. With the philosophy of "if it matters to you, then it matters" she addresses the big meanings behind the small stuff that get to her (which means it might also get to you too). The concept of duality is a constant in her life...whether it is loving rap and emo music, practicing Christianity and cussing, or eating cupcakes and doing yoga...she is all about living the life that works not the one that "should" be done. 

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 15: Tina Pocha on the Magic of Self-Reinvention

Tina Pocha is one of those women you lose track of time talking to. The wisdom she shared about the process of self reinvention, but learning about her life story and perspective was just as interesting.

I know you’ll dig this interview, and since I’m a little brain-dead at the moment, there’s not much I want to say about it other than GO LISTEN! Links to references in the episode are below.

Also, Tina is generously offering a free discovery coaching session for any WTFP listeners during the months of September, so take advantage of that shit, y’all!

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About Tina Pocha, PhD

Tina is a writer, teacher, and Women’s Re-invention Coach. She works with smart, talented, accomplished women to help them get clarity on why they feel stuck in their careers, in their lives. She supports her clients in reconnecting with what they really want to do and who they really want to be — to ultimately find and follow their heart’s desire. You can find her online at thenextstepcoaching.net, and her blog at tinapocha.com.

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 13: Dr. Allison Devers on Accessing the Subconscious

How often do you meet a smart-as-hell MD who's also into chakra healing, tarot, and intuitive brainstorming sessions and is not Deepak Chopra? 

Over the past six days, I have come to know one of these unicorns, and her name is Dr. Allison Devers. I'm gonna keep these show notes pretty short and sweet, because I'm still at the training where I met Allison last week, and want to soak up every last minute before heading back to the real world. 

But man, you guys are in for SUCH a treat with this conversation. I sprung the idea of an interview on her pretty last-minute, so this is a very organic conversation. And since there is so much that I want her to share with y'all, I already know she will be a repeat guest, either when her book comes out or before then! 

In this episode, we talk about everything from hypnotherapy (since we're at a wonderful training at The Wellness Institute right now) and TM to intuitive writing and navigating the integration of self-care and contributing to justice-oriented work.

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About Allison Devers, MD

Dr. Allison Devers has always been drawn to healing work. She first trained and worked in the conventional medical world. Then, frustrated by how little this had to offer conditions like chronic pain, chronic fatigue and other difficult to treat medical problems, she became an integrative functional medicine practitioner using nutrition, gut healing and treating inflammation. This helped improve patients' symptoms maybe about 60%, but didn't get them all the way better. It was in the study and practice of the subconscious state where she found that this was really the key to deep healing. She now spends her time teaching others how to access the subconscious state in workshops and through her writing.

Dr. Devers sees patients in one on one sessions using powerful subconscious tools such as hypnotherapy and mind-body medicine to help people heal and transform themselves. She has a passion for the intersection of the subconscious state, the metaphysical, spirituality, and healing. Allison lives and practices in the San Francisco area, where she enjoys hiking in the redwoods and taking her dog Frankie to Stinson Beach.

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 12: Krystal of Power Femme Tarot on Socially Conscious Tarot

Whether you already love the tarot, know nothing about it, or are "tarot curious" like I've been in recent years, you're gonna dig this interview with Krystal of Power Femme Tarot.

If you've been listening to the show, you know that I'm getting increasingly interested in the tarot as a tool for self reflection and accessing intuitive guidance. I've touched on the tarot with guests in previous episodes, but this is the first all-out-tarot episode, and I couldn't have picked a better guest for it.

In this episode, Krystal and I talk about:

  • her "justice-centered" relationship with the tarot (the spiritual is the political)
  • favorite decks and being a "deck slut" :D
  • why she feels it's important to approach the tarot from a perspective of both intuition AND intellect
  • why she prescribes to the power of intention rather than the law of attraction
  • what she does for her daily draw
  • how she does long-distance readings
  • her unexpected journey from pantheism to polytheism
  • our concerns about the traditional maiden-mother-crone conception of goddess, and how we can understand the goddess in a more liberated and inclusive way
  • what's gender got to do (got to do) with it?
  • why we're both obsessed with Buffy (and the badass podcast Buffering the Vampire Slayer)
  • how and why she has made her own "little white book" for the deck
  • a card that she draws for us as a collective reading!

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**ALSO! Krystal is generously offering WtFP listeners 10% off tarot readings through the end of 2018 using the code THEPOINT18, so definitely take advantage of her unique readings!

About Krystal / Power Femme Tarot

Krystal is a New Orleans-based queer femme witch, priestess of the Morrigan, crafter of sacred tools, and professional tarot reader and teacher. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies and, in her muggle life, is a college professor. Her academic nature has led her to study tarot rigorously and joyfully since the age of 15. Krystal's lifelong personal and professorial commitment to feminism, queer politics, and social justice also shapes her approach to tarot. For Krystal, tarot bridges intuition and intellect as well as the spiritual and the political. Krystal uses tarot to crack open space for empowerment, individual and collective healing, and social change.

Krystal is available to facilitate classes and read tarot at events in the New Orleans area. She is also presently developing an online tarot for social justice course called "Tarot in the Tower." Krystal is offering WTFP listeners 10% off tarot readings through the end of 2018, and she has so many unique spreads she has created — I will be doing my first reading with her soon and will be sure to report back! The discount code is in the episode, and be sure to check out the full show notes because this one is chock full of awesome resources.

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 11: Rebecca Trinidad on Healing with Plants

You guys are in for a treat with episode 11...

...and not just because the first 90 seconds of the intro is live footage of me freaking the fuck out about just discovering a giant spider near me. I kept it in for your entertainment, and because being in the wild outdoors is a very appropriate introduction for today's guest, Rebecca Trinidad.

Rebecca is a new friend I met earlier this year at a druid gathering in the Louisiana woods. If anyone I've met actually fits the description "radiates goddess energy," it's Rebecca (as evidenced by this photo of her). 

In this episode, Rebecca and I talk about:

  • what it's like living rural (OMG you guys an hour from the closest Target *hives* jkduh)
  • how she first got interested in herbal healing
  • the value of bringing herbalism to underserved populations
  • WTF is permaculture
  • WTF is druidry
  • her go-to tarot spread
  • her experience of having multiple ethnicities and being called to her ancestral roots
  • shamanism and cultural appropriation
  • colonialism and the US's fucked up response to Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico
  • what fiction most inspires us

To listen to this episode, you can stream or download from the embedded player below, or find and subscribe in your fave podcast listening app. 

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About Rebecca Trinidad

Rebecca Trinidad is a Hedge Druid living in North Florida. In the face of rising healthcare costs, she studies Herbalism as a way to encourage prevention and wellness at lower cost to the wallet and the body. In her spare time, she performs yoga and dabbles in mystic hobbies such as shamanic journeying, tarot cards and researching comparative mythology.

Oh, and Rebecca does not have a website or social media, which we exchanged some texts about earlier, in summation me saying "I bow to you." If y'all have questions for her, email me [valerie at wonderwelltherapy dot com] or comment on this post, and I will relay them to her for response! 

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And... my spider friend from the intro. Holy shit you guys, in person it was THE MOST (human for scale)

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.